Confluence by Jerry Uelsmann
July 12–October 14, 2018
While the aesthetics of these artworks align with Uelsmann’s esteemed and unique imagery, the black and white analog photographs provoke an entirely new conversation, one inspired by an unlikely friendship with art historical scholar, Moa Petersen, Ph.D. Dealing with the themes of love and loss, inner-strength, and self-love, this exhibition provides an intimate view of Uelsmann. Curated by Executive Director Daniel E. Stetson.
Collection Spotlight: Angela Gregory
July 12–October 14, 2018
LSU Museum of Art’s latest collection spotlight will focus on sculpture by Angela Gregory held in the museum’s permanent collection. New Orleans native Angela Gregory (1903–1990) decided to become a sculptor at age fourteen—an ambitious path for a woman in the early twentieth century. Gregory graduated from Newcomb College in 1925 with a degree in design and received a scholarship to study at Parson’s School of Fine and Applied Art in Paris the same year. Determined to study “stone cutting” with the greatest living sculptor, Gregory was the only American admitted to the atelier of Antoine Bourdelle, a protégé of Auguste Rodin. There, she completed a bust of friend and scholar Joseph Campbell. Maquettes for this sculpture as well as the mold, maquette, and finished bronze sculpture for Gregory’s Plantation Madonna and others will provide insight into her studio practice and process.
Malcolm McClay: Swimming to Inishkeel
November 1, 2018–February 10, 2019
Swimming to Inishkeel presents recent multi-media, sculptural, and performance work by LSU School of Art Professor Malcolm McClay. McClay’s most recent durational performance Chasing the Invisible meditates on his daily swims to Inishkeel, an island off the coast of Donegal, Ireland where he was born. This exhibition is a collaboration between the LSU School of Art and the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, where it was on view January–March, 2018.
Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism through the French Lens
March 8, 2019–June 9, 2019
This extraordinary exhibition, drawn entirely from the collection of the Reading Public Museum, explores the path to Impressionism through the nineteenth century, and the complex relationship between French Impressionism of the 1870s and 80s, and the American interpretation of the style in the decades that followed. More than seventy-five paintings and works on paper help tell the story of the new style of painting which developed at the end of the nineteenth century—one that emphasized light and atmospheric conditions, rapid or loose brushstrokes, and a focus on brightly colored scenes from everyday life. Some of the artists featured in the exhibition include Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, among others, who exhibited in the official Impressionist exhibitions in Paris in the 1870s and 80s. Among the earliest American artists to embrace the style were John Singer Sargent, William Merritt Chase, John Henry Twachtman, Childe Hassam, and Frank W. Benson. Additional American artists embraced the style by the turn of the century, including Daniel Garber, Edward Redfield, Robert Spencer, Arthur Watson Sparks, Robert Lewis Reid, William Paxton, Chauncey Ryder, Frederick John Mulhaupt, and Guy Wiggins, are also highlighted in the exhibition.